What Makes A Crime A ‘Hate Crime’ – In North Carolina?

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There is still a struggle in the media, in the community and in the courtroom to put a label on the Chapel Hill killings on Feb. 11. The victims were three Muslim American college students, the confessed shooter a 46-year-old white man. The defendant, Craig Stephen Hicks, was reportedly upset about parking at the condominium
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The Super Bowl Domestic Violence PSA Really Sticks With You

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We came across a blog post once that began, “It is unpleasant to be charged with a sex crime.” It is a true statement, certainly, but it fell a little short of the typical lead-in to a discussion of such a difficult and sensitive subject. Yes, it can be unpleasant to be charged, just as
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The NFL Says ‘No More,’ But ‘No More’ Of What, Exactly?

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We are still discussing — and still very much thinking about — the domestic abuse public service announcement that aired during the Super Bowl. Sponsored by the nonprofit No More and, incongruously, the NFL, the ad uses an actual 911 call. The 911 operator is a little confused at first, and so are we: The
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